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Low-cost, high-resolution telescopes for imaging low-earth-orbit satellites
Author(s): Norbert A. Massie; Yale Oster; Gregory D. Poe; Lynn G. Seppala; Michael Shao
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Paper Abstract

Telescopes designed for non-conventional imaging of near-earth satellites must follow a unique set of design rules. Costs must be reduced substantially and the design must accommodate a technique to circumvent the atmospheric distortions of the image. Apertures to 12 meters and beyond are required along with alt-alt mounts providing high tracking rates. A novel design for such a telescope has been generated which is optimized for speckle imaging. Its mount closely resembles a radar mount and it does not employ the conventional dome. Costs for this design are projected to be considerably reduced compared to conventional designs. Results of a detailed design study will be presented. Applications to astronomy will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 1236, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19207
Show Author Affiliations
Norbert A. Massie, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Yale Oster, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Gregory D. Poe, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Lynn G. Seppala, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Michael Shao, Harvard-Smithsonian Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1236:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV
Lawrence D. Barr, Editor(s)

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